We offer some sanitizing/sterilization tips from our first-ever scientific validation of a production scale extruder killing Salmonella while in production of a low-moisture dry expanded pet food. This article is Part 1 of a multi-article series that focuses on the ADP (Aseptic Dual Preconditioner) or the legacy DCC (Dual Conditioning Cylinder.)
The pet food industry needs to have a 'bigger conversation about pet food safety,' said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart. 'There are no silver bullets or easy answers.' Yiannas delivered the opening session, '21 st century pet food safety,' at Petfood Forum Asia 2016 on March 30 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Thailand.
Part Two of “How to keep your extrusion zone Salmonella free”
It is important to understand that these scientifically validated sanitation procedures and steps were as important in the kill step validation study as were the scientific procedures needed to validate the extrusion kill step.
Learn how to overcome the common hurdles of using high percentages of fresh meat in the manufacturing of ultra-premium pet food.
Along with serving grain-free, organic and all natural foods to their cats and dogs, more Americans are dishing out raw food to their pets. In the past year, retail sales of raw freeze-dried dog and cat food jumped 64%, from $25 million to $40 million, and sales of raw frozen pet food jumped 32% from $52 million to $69 million, according to GfK, a market research firm.
The short answer is very. Assuring safety in the petfood industry is critical at all levels: producers, manufacturers and consumers. We are all responsible for the welfare of our respective clients. If we do not focus on the hot topics regarding petfood safety, we risk losing business, credibility and customer trust and being subject to increased government oversight and regulation.
With product recalls as one of the foremost concerns of the food and feed markets, manufacturers continue to refine programs to reduce microbiological contamination and to ultimately kill pathogens, such as Salmonella. While others have tried to prove validation of the extrusion process without using an extruder, we took a different approach and set up a real-world manufacturing process.
As the specialty pet food market continues to grow, consumer desires are becoming increasingly specific. No longer are 'organic' and 'natural' the only buzzwords pet owners want to see; instead, the segments of the superpremium pet food world are constantly expanding. High-meat pet foods are among those segments.